Diversity Initiative in a Social Change Organization: A Case Study

Heather Berthoud, Jen Ray


A consultant and lead client discuss the rationale and process for an organization-wide diversity initiative in a national political organization. Approaches and models used to address systemic organization change for racial inclusion in a social justice framework are reviewed. Discussion of initial results, including emerging cultural change and ancillary benefits of the initiative follow. The authors conclude with challenges and expectations for expanding the change into programmatic work and for sustainability.


Diversity; Non-profit; Inclusion; Social justice; Change process; Organization development; Organizational change; Diversity Diamond; Reproductive health; Race and abortion; NARAL; NARAL Pro-Choice America

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